September 4, 2012

BOOK OF THE MONTH: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US by Reyna Grande

  
When we think about illegal immigrants, we think about adults, we think about coyotes, we think about drowning, we think about women being sold into prostitution, we think about young men lost in the desert. We never think about the children, especially not the children left behind by desperate parents in search of a new life for their families.
 
Reyna Grande – award-winning author, speaker, teacher, mother, immigrant! -- was one of these children. THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US is her life's story. It's painful, it's harsh, it's scary, it's hopeful, it's life-affirming.
 
In THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, Reyna speaks frankly about her life in Mexico with her grandmother; about illegally entering the U.S. when she was only nine-years-old; about going to live with her abusive father; about losing hope; about finding solace in books and writing; about finding herself; about striking out on her own; about finding her own American dream.
 
Reyna has opened a vein, as the saying goes. Readers will be shocked, horrified, happy and elated. THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US is a candid self portrait by an immigrant, who is brutally honest about her life, her family, her dreams. Brava, Reyna.
 
To read an excerpt, click here.
 
To learn more about Reyna Grande, visit her website www.reynagrande.com.